October 24, 2016

LA School District Issues Safety Alert About Wild Mushrooms

Some elementary school children at the Los Angeles Unified School District got sick after eating wild mushrooms that were growing in a community garden, according to several news reports. The district issued a safety alert press release stating "students and staff (and others) must not ingest wild mushrooms because many species are poisonous and proper identification is not easy." Penn State Food Safety has collected articles on this incident and states that seventeen children were sickened. They say "a volunteer thought the mushroom - later identified as green-spored parasol, a common poisonous wild mushroom - was an edible part of the garden." Green-spored Parasol is known as Chlorophyllum molybdites. It is the most commonly consumed poisonous mushroom in North America. This … [Read more...]

Mountains Dried Mushrooms Recalled For Undeclared Sulfites

DZH Import & Export Inc. of  Brooklyn is recalling Mountains dried mushrooms for undeclared sulfites. Those with severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recalled mushrooms  were sold in a 1.23oz (35gram) plastic tray with the following code: BEST BEFORE: NOV. 30, 2013. The UPC number is 6931653104064. The recalled product was produced in China and sold in New York City. DZH announced the recall after a problem was discovered during routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors. Consuming 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfites sensitive … [Read more...]

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